The Adventurous Lectionary -The Second Sunday of Epiphany – January 17, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary -The Second Sunday of Epiphany – January 17, 2015 Isaiah 62:1-5 Psalm 36:5-10 I Corinthians 12:1-11 John 2:1-11 The season of Epiphany begins with celebrating the gifts of the magi, continues with God’s gift of grace, affirmed through Jesus’ baptism, and focuses this Sunday on God’s vocational gifts bestowed on each person. [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – January 10, 2016 – The Baptism of Jesus – The First Sunday after the Epiphany

The Adventurous Lectionary – January 10, 3016 – The Baptism of Jesus – The First Sunday after the Epiphany Bruce G. Epperly Isaiah 43:1-7 Psalm 29 Acts 8:14-27 Luke 3:15-17, 21-26 The Baptism of Jesus reminds us to remember our baptisms. It also calls us to see God’s grace as extending beyond those who are [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Epiphany Sunday – January 3, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – Epiphany Sunday – January 3, 2016 Matthew 2:1-15 The Second Sunday of Christmas will also be celebrated as Epiphany Sunday in my congregation as well as many congregations throughout North America. At South Congregational Church in Centerville, MA, just a few steps from a Cape Cod beach, we will celebrate God’s [Read More…]

Can a Saint be a Badass?

Can a saint be a “badass”? Can a saint be tough, sometimes abrasive, embodied, highly imperfect, and sensual? Can a saint be married, possibly divorced, but still God-centered? Author Maria Morera Johnson’s clear response in her new book is “Yes.” Or as Oscar Wilde asserted, “every saint has a past and every sinner has a [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday after Christmas Day – December 27, 2016

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday after Christmas Day – December 27, 2016 I Samuel 2:18-20, 26 Psalm 148 Colossians 3:12-17 Luke 2:41-52 This Sunday the key words are “growing in wisdom and stature.” As I ponder today’s passages, I am reminded of one of my teachers Bernard Loomer’s notion that S-I-Z-E is an [Read More…]

Grace Sufficient for Every Need: On ‘The Vulnerable Pastor’

Book Review: The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry By Mandy Smith As I read Mandy Smith’s The Vulnerable Pastor, my spirit turned to the words of the Apostle Paul: “God said to me ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’ So, I will boast all the more [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 20, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 20, 2015 Matthew 5:2-52, Psalm 80:1-7, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-55 Christmas is on the horizon, and today’s scriptures may be lost amid the merriment as well as the Christmas pageants, often scheduled the week before Christmas. There is hope on the horizon and this hope [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday of Advent – December 13, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday of Advent – December 13, 2015 Zephaniah 3:14-20 Isaiah 12:2-6 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:7-18 This Sunday we celebrate joy. Yet, this joy must come in the waiting. As I contemplate the scriptures from the Third Sunday of Advent, it is the Sunday of Christ the King, or the [Read More…]

Staying Put: Stability and Novelty in the Spiritual Journey

Carl McColman’s Befriending Silence: Discovering the Gifts of Cistercian Spirituality presents a mystical spirituality for everyday people. You don’t have to be in a monastery to experience God. You can be an everyday mystic, while you’re fixing breakfast for your children, driving to work, caring for an elderly parent, or giving your spouse a massage. [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday of Advent – December 6, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday of Advent – December 6, 2015 Malachi 3:1-4 Luke 1:68-79 Philippians 1:3-11 Luke 3:1-6 Advent is a time that joins patience and restlessness. We are waiting and waiting isn’t easy. We want Christmas now! We want fulfillment now! We want spiritual growth now! We want the world to [Read More…]


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